Title: Broken at Love (Whitman University #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Lyla Payne
Publisher: Create Space
Release Date: March 12, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: It’s different, I’ll give it that, but the characters weren’t quite so likable to me.
About the Book: When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.
College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.
But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?
Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.
To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.
I really wanted to love this. Broken at Love is not your typical romance. The guy is a straight-up jerk, the girl is kind of self-deprecating, and the plot drags a little. I still liked the book enough, just not that much. What I think is a selling point for this book, but is also a flaw, is how the relationship progresses. From about midway to basically the end of the book, I was waiting to see when the jerk-off of a male lead would change and become the guy you can’t help but love. Let me tell you, it takes quite a while and even then, I never really loved him, or liked him much for that matter.
Emilie was okay. I suppose I do give her props for never giving up on Quinn, even when he basically tells her to go F*** herself and leave him alone (not his exact words), because I would’ve kicked his ass to the curb and forgot him a long time ago. She saw a guy in trouble and pushed aside all the pain he was causing her to help him. Personally, I have too much self-respect and pride for that, but I know girls who are like that and I say more power to ’em! I guess it’s because Emilie is the type of girl that I don’t really like so I couldn’t connect with her.
I can see why Quinn is the way he is. He has a crappy family, was dumped by someone he thought he loved, and he doesn’t know what to do with his life. I get it. On the other hand, the guy too much of a mess for how little of a crappy life he had. I’ve seen guys who had to deal with crap that was WAY worse than what he’s been through and they were less jerks than he was. And they became good guys a LOT faster than he did. I just didn’t see the appeal. The way he kept pushing Emilie away, and not in a caring, it-hurts-but-I-understand-why-you’re-doing-this way, but in a real ass**** way that I did not appreciate. Even at the end, he redeems himself but so much in my book, I was happy for the couple, but didn’t really care for them like that.
Like I said, this one is a little different than all the other NA titles out there, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your tastes. I felt like the guy was a jerk for too long, even if his intentions were in the right place, for me to really connect with him. And, what was with the amount of jerks in this book?! Even the supposed “good guy friend” was a bit of a jerk. It might be because the setting is at a “rich kid” school, so the characters were just written as jerks who thought they could get anything they wanted and that “no means yes”. In any case, this book had highs and lows for me, but more lows than anything else.